Pitfalls and Drawbacks of Authentic Leadership

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Pitfalls and Drawbacks of Authentic Leadership
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
Although authenticity has become a popular and according to some people critical feature for efficient leadership, Ibarra (2015) argues that the success of the authentic leadership approach depends on the way it is perceived/defined. A too static definition of authenticity, thereby seeing it as a static unwavering identity, may actually hamper effective leadership and growth.

Leaders indeed struggle with this type of leadership today, especially because of current dynamic environments. These require more frequent and more radical changes in what we do, rather than sticking too much to authentic leadership principles.
In other words: leaders should balance authenticity and adaptability. If one of those exceeds the other, the probability of being ineffective is high. For example, if authenticity overrides adaptability, learning and growth are inhibited.

In conclusion, authenticity can be interpreted in various ways. Seeing it as 'being the way we have a...Sign up

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Olga Aros, Consultant, United States, Member
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I think the major thing is "adaptability with authenticity", I think this holds true not only at all levels and points of the organization, but also i...Sign up

Adaptablity overides in the private sector than the public sector
ZB Gurmessa, Student (University), South Africa, Member
The issue of authenticity versus adaptability is a major leadership paradigm today. The application and effectiveness of these leadership styles depen...Sign up

Authenticity May Sometimes Support Adaptability
srinivas, Lecturer, India, Member
Rules, procedures, policies take time to change. In order to initiate change, a little bit of compromise or authenticity may help to the cause of inno...Sign up

Authenticity is no Longer a Pill
Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco, Entrepreneur, Portugal, Member
Authenticity must be recognized and accepted by all stakeholders. There is no recipe.
Secondly, being authentic is not a question of mood, it is ...Sign up

No Authentic Leadership
c r ghosh, India, Member
I do not think that there is anything called "Authentic Leadership". A leader has to have some qualities and traits, like Knowledge of the subject, In...Sign up

Authentic versus Traditional Leadership
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
It is indeed dangerous to mix Authentic (the real deal) with Traditional (Historical in both nature and application) leadership.
The "real deal" ...Sign up

The Diversity of Leadership Skills Today is a Requirement
Olga Aros, Consultant, United States, Member
Worked in Fortune 500 cultures, public sector and community development. Each culture had different priorities that required different approaches to g...Sign up

Authenticity is no Longer a Pill
Isaias Joao, Director, Angola, Member
@Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco: I fully agree with you, Victor Seco. Authenticity is not a choice, but what you real...Sign up

Meanings and Problems of Authentic Leadership
Gandhi Heryanto, Management Consultant, Indonesia, Member
There are 2 different meanings of authentic leadership:
- Firstly it is a term used by Bill George. He focuses on the need for better corporate l...Sign up

Authenticity Will Always Synergize with Adaptibility
Supriyono, Lecturer, Indonesia, Member
My experience in working in corporate multinational mining company, private primary and middle schools, as well as Universities has inspired me that a...Sign up

Leadership is not Only Acting
Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco, Entrepreneur, Portugal, Member
Some participants of this forum suggest that leadership is a question of adaptability and, obviously, survival. Like in any field of life "the show mu...Sign up

Authenticity versus Adaptability
Briolett, Manager, Canada, Member
Authenticity is more a way of being not necessarily an idea of 'being the way we have always been'. Authentic leadership is about open and honest comm...Sign up

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